“Names touch everything…”

“Names touch everything” came up early in the series of conference calls held with the Networking Names Advisory Group, prior to our meeting on November 17, 2008 hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And indeed they do. We learned, for example, from Suzanne Pilsk (Smithsonian) that there are “plant authors” …

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Complementing RIN

The UK’s Research Information Network (RIN) has just published a document aimed at UK university Vice Chancellors, Presidents and Principals, Ensuring a bright future for research libraries. Jim Michalko, Lorcan Dempsey and I met with representatives of RIN, along with other European library and research organisations, after our recent European Partner meeting in Paris, and …

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Europeana Launch

Good news, bad news for our European colleagues today. Europeana, which provides access to two million digital objects from the collections of EU cultural institutions, officially launched today. The massive attention it received brought the site to its knees. An estimated 10 million hits an hour caused them to take the site down to double …

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LIFE photography reborn on Google

Google is digitizing 10 Million photographs from the LIFE photo archive. 2 Million are already available, and the complete set will be accessible from Google Image Search as well as this dedicated site within 3 months. Quoth the Official Google Blog: Only a very small percentage of these images have ever been published. The rest …

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Managing Risk: Print Journal Collections

In a prior post on risk assessment and print preservation, I remarked on the need for some community-wide effort to define collective preservation goals and requirements: Given unrelenting space pressures on library print collections, and decreasing circulation rates, it seems imperative that libraries – research libraries, in particular – take immediate action to establish a …

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Rencontre à Paris

A group of over 60 of us met in Paris the week before last for our European Partner Meeting – the first held since RLG became part of OCLC. I was pleased that most of our European Partner institutions were represented – some by several staff members (and it was nice to welcome David Ferriero …

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William Gibson’s Agrippa and mal d’archive

I didn’t come to Austin to get an archival jolt from a digital artists’ book. I’ve been at the Ransom Center this weekend attending a conference on literary archives and writers’ papers, “Creating a Usable Past.” I have never seen William Gibson’s 1992 artists’ book, one evidently well-known on the Internet. The cataloging notes say …

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And a Good Hack Was Had By All

The first WorldCat Hackathon was held last week at the Science, Industry, and Business Library of New York Public Library, an RLG Partner institution. We had more than thirty attendees, with over 60% from RLG Partner institutions. Judging from the feedback we received from attendees both in person and on the evaluation forms, I think …

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What type of blog am we?

[This posting is inspired by a posting over at Walt At Random] There are numerous “blog analysis tools” out there, which I find endlessly amusing. Since this blog has many contributors, the results can be kind of …puzzling. However, I can never resist so I thought I would share some of these with you. First …

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